The Google Photos app for Android has been updated with new editing tools, based on artificial intelligence capabilities. Following the update, Google will display under each image a series of automated editing recommendations based on the image analysis. Suggestions can include, for example, ‘improvement’ in general, various effects such as painting the background in black and white to emphasize the faces of those being photographed, or a more colorful and youthful appearance.
In each case, after the automatic editing, the user will be presented with different options for more personal and subtle editing. Over the next few months, Google will be promising additional automatic effects, such as a tool that is specially adapted for editing landscape or sunset photos, but these will first appear on its Pixel phones and only then will they reach the rest of Android devices.
The app’s manual editing interface has also been upgraded, with no new capabilities – but with a look that should make it more comfortable and clear to users. It will be based on a single menu that allows quick access to change the level of brightness, contrast, blurring effects and more.
It is unclear when, if at all, iPhone owners will benefit from the new features in the Google Photos app tailored to their devices.